weary of the civil war, but neither side's leaders appear to have the strength or the willingness to end it.
The future of Sri Lanka is still clouded by both the violence with the LTTE and the increasing violence by the followers of the established Sinhalese parties. A breakdown in communication has occurred between the two major ethnic groups, the Sinhalese and the Sri Lanka Tamils, and between the youth of Sri Lanka and the older generation. It is still uncertain whether the government will be able to resolve these problems to an extent that they will be able to address the economic problems facing the country.
Sri Lanka's future depends on the resolution of the violence in the country. However, after peace is established the nation will face the prospect of building its economy. In the long run the economic issues will be the key to Sri Lanka's future. The youth-led civil wars have been fueled in part by the inability of the economy to provide jobs and a secure future to Sri Lanka's educated youths. The failure to accelerate economic development may lead to another JVP insurrection in the future and an unending ethnic crisis.
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